Marvel Movies (and Specials) You Must See Before Shang-Chi

Shang-Chi, the next Marvel superhero

This Friday it finally opens in theaters Shang-Chi and the legend of the Ten Rings, one of the most anticipated films of the season within the marvel universe. And no, it is not because its protagonist is one of the most acclaimed superheroes – precisely he is one of the most unknown – but because the arrival in theaters is a new starting gun at the box office after a year and a half of real drought due to the pandemic -we will put Black widow quarantined due to the particularity of its launch.

In this way, if Shang-Chi goes well, Marvel Studios will be calm enough to continue with its agenda, in which we do not forget that it is the epic Eternals, with release date for November, as well as Spider-Man: No Way Home, which we can see in December.

Are you one of those who is already with the ticket in hand to immerse yourself in the UCM? Then it is likely that you have arisen the question of whether it is convenient to review a tape previously or if there are titles that connect in some way with the new proposal. We are going to get you out of doubt.

What to see before Shang-Chi and the legend of the Ten Rings

Although you will enjoy the film practically the same while watching or without seeing these proposals, you will surely appreciate having some previous references that will help you better connect with the plot. These are Marvel movies and specials that refer to something related to the history of the new film.

iron Man 3

It is the star reference and the one that perhaps has come to mind if you are a good Marvel fan. In the third installment of Iron Man we meet The Mandarin, supposed leader of the group of the Ten Rings. Played by Ben Kingsley, it is later revealed that this is nothing more than an actor named Trevor Slattery and hired by the true mastermind of it all, Aldrich Killian (Guy Pierce is in charge of bringing him to life). Killian is not the true Mandarin either, be careful, but these details serve as a reference to place us.

All hail the king

Do you remember what Marvel Shots are? Well, there is one that, without a doubt, connects like no other with the story that we will see in theaters. And it is that in All hail the king (All hail the king), a journalist goes to the jail where Slattery is to interview him … and give him good news. And it is that in reality his intention is to announce that they are going to help him get him out of jail because the person from whom he borrowed his name (read, The Mandarin) wants to meet him.

All hail the king

This short film was originally included on the Blu-ray of Thor: The Dark World, but currently you can also see it on Disney +. We leave you with its intro to give you an idea of ​​how it begins.

Marvel Studios: Legends / The 10 Rings

At Disney + there is a series dedicated exclusively to reviewing epic moments from the Marvel universe and which also helps to put fans in context for new releases.

Marvel Studio: Legends - The 10 Rings

The new episode premiered today at Marvel Studios: Legends (Marvel studios legends in English) is dedicated precisely to the organization of the Ten Rings. This is his synopsis:

The Ten Rings is a terrorist organization of the MCU that once kidnapped Tony Stark, which led to the birth of Iron Man. LEGENDS recounts how, in Iron Man 3, the Ten Rings was used as a cover for Aldrich Killian’s plans, who even signed an actor to pose as the leader of the group, the Mandarin. Killian’s plans were thwarted and the man died, but the “real” Ten Rings was not finished.

Avengers: Endgame

Well really in Avengers: Endgame There are no references to the Ten Rings, but considering the time frame of the new Marvel movie, it is likely that it mentions something related to the last tape in which we saw the Avengers together.

Hombre de Hierro

And it is that Destin Daniel Cretton, director of the film, has confirmed that the events of Shang-Chi and the legend of the Ten Rings They are located in the present of the UCM and therefore after the Snap and the Blip that made half of humanity disappear and reappear, respectively, and that have so marked our society since then.

Extra Bonus: Ant-Man


Well, this is not really a must, but in order not to leave us any details unnoticed, it should be noted that even in Ant-Man there is a brief reference to the Ten Rings. And is that some of the “bad guys” that hang around Pym Technologies in the film have tattoos of the Ten Rings, as you can see in the screenshot that you have on these lines (look at the neck!), courtesy of io9.

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